A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind by Ann Burgess

*I received a review copy from Hachette for an honest review. For those who have read John Douglas’ Mindhunter and Robert Ressler’s Whoever Fights Monsters, you already know Ann Burgess — the psychologist behind the groundbreaking studies which drove the development of criminal profiling as a crime-fighting technique. She’s authored and co-authored several books, but…

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365 Little Stories Film #4

Great news! Taylor Geiman and his team at Fantomvagn Films have released the fourth short film based on my 365 Little Stories writing project. Check it out: 100 Words at a Time was the last “official” story of 2016 — so, technically, it’s story #365. It holds a special place in my heart.

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The Joy of Books in Boxes

When I was in middle school, my mother subscribed to a Harlequin Romance book club. Every month, four new mass market titles would arrive in a plain cardboard box. And, even though the books were for my mom, she graciously allowed me to open that box every month. I got to be the first person…

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The Rejection Collection

My most recent short story rejection was a “personal” one. The one before that was a form rejection. As were the three before that. I am making progress on my rejection goal. 100 rejections for 2021. Why aim for so many rejections? Am I a masochist? Do I enjoy making myself feel bad? Do I…

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The 5 Books on My Desk

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes…writing is hard. Today I struggled. And I did not accomplish much. (The kitchen is clean. There’s that. It counts.) To help combat the doldrums I keep five writing books within reach of my desk. I thought that if anyone else was struggling — especially in the middle…

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2 Things I Learned About History’s Role in Writing from Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

All right, because I’m a nerd like that, I insisted on reading Lovecraft Country before watching the show. I’m only a couple episodes in – so no spoilers! Here are a couple things I learned reading the novel: Acknowledge Your Literary Tradition…and Critique It. Art is not made in a vacuum. Every piece of writing…

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